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Imerson lands a gig



ImersonAfter weeks of speculation, we can finally tell you where former Gulf High principal Tom Imerson has landed. He's the new supervisor of Pasco County's school volunteer programs.

He replaces Holly Rockhill, who becomes the new assistant principal for International Baccalaureate at Land O'Lakes High.

Folks at Gulf High were abuzz when superintendent Heather Fiorentino plucked Imerson out of the school and said he'd be moving to an undetermined job at the district office.

Even Imerson admitted he didn't know what he would be doing come June. And no one would fully explain the reasons behind his unrequested transfer. And although we now have the what, the why remains murky.

Officials have said they were moving Imerson as part of a realignment to put people in places that best suit their skills. So what qualifies Imerson, a 22-year administration veteran, for the post previously held by a junior-level administrator who's headed to a job he once supervised?

Assistant superintendent Sandy Ramos says Imerson has good writing skills, which will help in the communication aspects of the job, and he also had strong community outreach at Gulf High. "We're also hoping he will be of assistance to us on our high school design and learning committee," Ramos said. "Being fresh from the principalship, he's got some pretty good perspective."

And what about the superintendent's pledge to the School Board that the move would be budget neutral? Imerson earns $96,206 a year, while Rockhill made $67,997 in the same job. No word on whether he'll be given a pay cut or $28,000-worth of additional responsibilities.

The appointment does not change the status of the handful of grievances pending against Imerson. Ramos  is scheduled to meet with the United School Employees of Pasco about one of them on Friday.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:48am]


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